NEWS FLASH! The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today that there are limited circumstances in which it may be appropriate to provide relief from "double taxation" resulting from application of the repatriation tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 965, as amended by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The IRS has determined that in … Continue reading Repatriation/Transition Tax: IRS Announces Limited “Double Taxation” Relief
Most of my readers have heard about Internal Revenue Code Section 965, and the “deemed repatriation” or “transition tax” introduced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”). My earlier blog post provided significant detail about this tax law provision which was intended to move the US international tax regime into a “territorial system”. In making … Continue reading IRS Eye on You! Newest Campaign: Repatriation Tax (IRC Section 965)
Tune in to the amazing debate between John Richardson and Edward Zelinsky, two renowned tax and citizenship professionals, taking place on Friday May 17. Not only is it free, but viewers will receive an unparalleled education about the major issues surrounding US citizenship, its tax consequences for the typical American abroad and Accidental Americans, effects … Continue reading US Citizenship And Worldwide Taxation: Justified?
Effective as of May 13, taxpayers can no longer request an employer identification number (EIN) unless the "responsible party" named on the application has either a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Only governmental entities and the military are exempt from this requirement, and may continue to list non-individual entities as … Continue reading Head’s Up! IRS Just Revised EIN Application Procedure & Foreign Taxpayers Will Struggle
I will be posting here a series of eight related videos which discuss the premise that the United States is imposing a separate and more punitive tax system on U.S. dual citizens who live in (and are tax residents of) other countries. The videos were motivated by recent posts by Toronto lawyer John Richardson and … Continue reading Americans Abroad: Separate But (Not) Equal
Regular readers of my tax blog will not be surprised by the title of this post and the content it hints at delivering. They likely realize by now that the American person abroad is not looked upon favorably by the US tax laws. The tax laws look at anything “foreign” with a jaundiced eye when … Continue reading US Tax Law to American Abroad – “How Do I Hate Thee, Let Me Count the Ways”
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) just issued proposed Regulations dealing with the “Deduction for Foreign-Derived Intangible Income and Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (“GILTI”)”. The proposed regulations mark a big win for Americans running their businesses through foreign corporations. The regulations are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register tomorrow. In part, they address the … Continue reading Americans Abroad: Taxpayer GILTI Victory Just Announced in Proposed Regulations!
My earlier blog post introduced readers to the concepts of so-called CFCs and PFICs and some of the downsides of owning a "foreign" corporation. It analogized to quicksand simply because it is very easy to be swallowed up in harsh tax results and onerous reporting obligations if planning is not undertaken beforehand. I will remind … Continue reading US Owners of Foreign Corporations – Beware the Downsides
It is usually very quick and easy to set up a foreign corporation - say, one in Belize or in the Cayman Islands. What is not so easy is working one's way through the quagmire of required Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reporting and US tax obligations simply because you are a US person owning shares … Continue reading Quicksand! US Owners of Foreign Corporations
Learn about the interplay between foreign corporations and eligibility for lower tax rates available only for "qualified dividends". It's a complicated topic and all of the posts in the series should be read in order to understand the ramifications. Part I, Part II and below, Part III. Unsurprisingly, many US owners of corporations that are … Continue reading Dividends from Foreign Corporations Part III – “Controlled Foreign Corporations”